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2:00 PM ET, June 17, 2010

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Apple iPhone to Verizon drumbeat picks up (again)  —  A version of Apple's iPhone that would be compatible with Verizon Wireless' network will reportedly start shipping in the fourth quarter.  —  According to DigiTimes, contract equipment manufacturer Pegatron Technology is using its plants in Shanghai to manufacture CDMA iPhones.
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
DigiTimes: CDMA iPhone 4 in Q4  —  Oh, CDMA iPhone rumors, when will you ever go away.  (No, seriously, go away.)  DigiTimes has rekindled CDMA iPhone rumors with the following sentence: “Pegatron will also start shipping a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 to Apple in the fourth quarter …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Commerce Search 2.0 Gets Refinements, $25K Price Point  —  Google on June 17 upgraded its Commerce Search product in the United States and United Kingdom, adding a full merchandising dashboard to let retail merchants better control promotions, product ranking rules and filtering.
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Nitin Mangtani / The Official Google Blog:
Summer is here, and so is Google Commerce Search 2.0  —  School is out for the summer, and that means it's time for some swimsuit shopping, travel purchases and—before we know it—buying back-to-school supplies.  —  To help retail sites get ready for the summer shopping season …
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Edit video in the cloud with the YouTube Video Editor  —  Video editing usually requires installing software packages and having a fair amount of technical savvy.  But we think video editing should be fun and easy, so we're introducing a new tool that anyone — even this guy — could figure out …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Criterion Capital Partners Acquires Bebo From AOL  —  The rumors are true: hedge fund Criterion Capital Partners is indeed the buyer of Bebo.  As we reported yesterday, AOL is offloading the social networking service for less than $10 million (other media are reporting a purchase price of around $2.5 million).
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Wall Street Journal:
With Bebo a No-Go, AOL Will Unload the Social Site
Tom Foremski / ZDNet:
Steve Case criticizes AOL's $850m Bebo buy - Time Warner was a bigger folly
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and PE Hub Blog
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
What Is I.B.M.'s Watson?  —  'Toured the Burj in this U.A.E. city.  They say it's the tallest tower in the world; looked over the ledge and lost my lunch.  Multimedia  —  Enlarge This Image  —  MASTERMIND The one behind Watson's mastermind, that is: David Ferrucci of I.B.M., who himself is not a huge “Jeopardy!” fan.
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Vladislav Savov / Engadget:   IBM's Watson is really smart, will try to prove it on Jeopardy! this fall (video)
Arn / MacRumors:
First iOS 4 Multitasking Aware Apps Appearing in App Store  —  Apple has started approving updates for apps that support the new features of iOS 4.  The most notable feature that requires explicit support is OS 4 multitasking.  One particularly prominent app that now supports …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Disney/Pixar Buys The First Twitter Trending Topic Ad  —  Since April, Twitter users have grown accustomed to Twitter's first ad revenue play: Promoted Tweets.  Today, the second phase of that strategy is starting to be tested: Promoted Trending Topics.  The first such topic?
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Now Live, Twitter's New Ads: Are You Brave Enough for This?
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
AT&T locks down Android again with HTC Aria  —  All right, I'll just say it: AT&T is the most reliable carrier in America.  —  Not in terms of network performance, mind you — no, I haven't gone completely nutty.  AT&T, rather, is the most reliable carrier when it comes to making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Adam Dachis / Lifehacker:
How Does the New Hotmail Stack Up to Gmail?  —  This may come as a surprise, but the new Microsoft Hotmail is actually pretty good.  But how does it stack up to Google's email champion, Gmail?  Here's a look at the good and bad of both services.  More »  —  Gmail - Google - Microsoft - Search Engines - Hotmail
Andrew Foster / Google LatLong:
Properties, now on Google Maps in the UK  —  Good news today if you're house-hunting in Camden Town or Kew Gardens - property search has come to maps.google.co.uk.  From today, visitors to maps.google.co.uk will be able to click “Properties...” on the More menu in Maps to see a little red dot …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Huffington Post Buys Adaptive Semantics To Keep Up With 100,000 Comments A Day  —  The Huffington Post has acquired its first company in a small cash deal, and it is not another blog or media site, but a pure technology startup called Adaptive Semantics.  The two-person startup provides …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Still Really Want An iPhone 4?  Find $5,000, Head To eBay  —  As you may have heard, Apple completely blew through its pre-order launch day iPhone 4s in less than a day (and that was despite major technical issues with the ordering process).  It has now blown through the second wave (due in early July) as well.
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New York Times:
In China, a Labor Movement Aided by Modern Technology  —  ZHONGSHAN, China — It is labor revolt by text message and video upload, underwritten by the Chinese government.  —  The 1,700 workers who went on strike at the Honda Lock auto parts factory here are mostly poor migrants with middle-school educations.
Discussion: Future Tense and GMSV
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Yahoo Begins Testing Bing Search Results Now, Switch Over Complete August/September  —  A WebmasterWorld thread points to a recent presentation video by Yahoo and Microsoft of the transition timelines for Bing to begin powering Yahoo on both the organic and paid side of search.
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Oracle sued by U.S. for alleged overcharging  —  IDG News Service - Oracle is being sued by the U.S. government for allegedly overcharging it by millions of dollars, according to documents on file in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  —  The government's action …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The Droid X gets real on Verizon  —  Looks like Verizon and Motorola are coming clean with the Droid X a little earlier than planned — it just appeared on the official Droid page, complete with comfirmation of that 4.3-inch screen size.  Interestingly, rolling over the image reveals a box that says it has a …
Vikki Chou / Docs Blog:
Sharing in Google Docs just got easier  —  The ability to share my Google Docs is crucial to my productivity.  My teammates and I often add comments to docs, collaboratively organize our feature-planning spreadsheet, and send links of interesting company presentations to each other.
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Brings ‘Click-To-Call’ Ads To Its Content Network
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d laptop boasts 3D display, Dolby surround sound
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
Music Publishers Sue the File-Sharing Service LimeWire
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint plans range of embedded devices for holidays
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AT&T: drop net neutrality or U-verse gets it
Discussion: GamePolitics News
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Wants To Become The Primary Shopping Option On Bing (AMZN, MSFT)